Con: Paul is 38 years old and has consistently regressed in recent years
Really since Paul’s second season with the Houston Rockets, he has consistently regressed, and his points, assists, and even efficiency have begun to see slips compared to what they once were. This was obviously going to happen as he’s gotten older, but in the last couple of years, it’s become a much bigger problem.
For example, the 2022-23 season was arguably Paul’s worst as a pro. Through 59 games, Paul averaged 13.9 points (career low), 4.3 rebounds, and 8.9 assists while shooting 44. percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc on 4.4 attempts. These numbers aren’t bad by any means, but they definitely aren’t what they used to be.
Considering the fact that if Paul decided to join the Bucks, he’d likely be the fourth option, these numbers would likely drop even more. This is by far the biggest issue with the Bucks potentially signing Paul. If they opt to bring him in, they shouldn’t do it on more than a one-year deal, and if it is longer than a year, they can’t pay him too much.
Milwaukee can’t afford to keep an aging and consistently regressing Paul on the payroll. While they likely can’t sign him to much more than the veteran minimum, they still need to make the right decision when potentially signing Paul.
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